We are a citizen action coalition, dedicated to engaging and amplifying citizens' voices in

protecting and planning for the future of the entire Cuyahoga Valley region. 

We envision the southern end of the Cuyahoga Valley, known as the Merriman Valley, as a thriving place

for tourists and residents alike because of its wide range of natural and recreational resources.  We are

advocating for its recognition as a National Park Gateway Community.


MORE GOOD NEWS! The National Park Conservation Association has endorsed the conservation of Theiss Woods due to its proximity to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  NPCA is the voice of America’s national parks working to protect and preserve our nation’s most iconic and inspirational places for present and future generations. 

Read the full NPCA Endorsement here



Cuyahoga Valley National Park was the 7th most-visited National Park in 2020 with 2.8 million visitors, right behind Grand Canyon National Park!

The Cuyahoga River was named the top urban kayak river in North America by USA Today in March  2021.  American Rivers named the Cuyahoga River its 2019 River of the Year.

Residential development around the Cuyahoga Valley National Park

has more than doubled in the last 50 years.


How is Climate Change Affecting the Valley?

Global warming and development contribute to more frequent Northeast Ohio floods. "Cuyahoga River basin rain gauges show the area now gets 7 more inches of yearly rain than it did in the 1960s," says Paul Cocca, head of the hydraulics and hydrology team in the Army Corps region that includes Cleveland. Regional rainfall has increased an average of 0.12 inches every year, he says, attributing the increase to climate change. 

September 9, 2020